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Superintendent Avery to Head March of Dimes Event

Dr. Joanne S. Avery, Superintendent of Anderson School District 4, will serve as the chair for the 2018 "March for Babies" event April 28, at the Balloon Launch Field across from the Anderson Civic Center,. Dr. Avery said she is committed to helping March of Dimes continue funding research and community programs to help more moms have healthy full-term pregnancies and strong babies.

“When our community participates in March for Babies, they are helping the March of Dimes lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies.” said Brantley Reames, Senior Development Manager for the March of Dimes. “We are delighted to work with Dr. Avery, who will bring her leadership and passion for our mission to this vital community event.”

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It is the number one killer of babies worldwide. South Carolina’s premature birth rate increased to 11.2 percent in 2017. Premature babies often struggle to survive and many have lifelong health and developmental consequences. In half of all cases there is no known cause for premature birth.

“I am honored to accept this leadership role.” Avery said. “Be a difference-maker for future students in Anderson County. Join me and the March of Dimes in our fight for healthy babies and mothers. It's the greatest gift we can give…a healthy start to life."

In Anderson, March for Babies is presented by Michelin. Additional sponsors include Bosch, Owens Corning, Plastic Omnium, Electrolux, Cromer Food Services, Kravet Fabrics and Publix.

The March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites and To participate in our annual signature fundraising event, visit If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit

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